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					            DECLARATION ON THE ACTIVITIES OF MERCENARIES IN AFRICA

                                      CM/St. 6(XVII) 1971

[Council]

Considering the grave threat which the activities of mercenaries represent to the independence,
sovereignty, territorial integrity and the harmonious development of member states of OAU,
Recalling Resolutions CM/Res49 (IX) and ECM/Res17 (VII) on mercenaries,
Considering that to prepare their crimes against member states of OAU, the mercenaries often
use African territories still under foreign domination,
Considering that the activities of mercenaries and the forces behind them constitute an element
of serious tension and conflict between member states,
Considering that total solidarity and co-operation between member states are indispensable for
putting an end, once and for all, to the subversive activities of mercenaries in Africa,
Considering the undertakings made by various non-African states to take appropriate steps to
prevent their nationals from returning to Africa as mercenaries and to ensure that their territories
are no longer used for the recruitment, training and equipping of mercenaries,

1.      REAFFIRMS the determination of African peoples and states to take all the necessary
        measures to eradicate from the African continent the scourge that the mercenary system
        represents;

2.      REITERATES our irrevocable condemnation of the use of mercenaries by certain
        countries and forces to further jeopardise the independence, sovereignty and territorial
        integrity of member states of OAU;

3.      FURTHER EXPRESS our total solidarity with states which have been victims of these
        activities of mercenaries;

4.      PROCLAIMS our resolve to prepare a legal instrument for coordinating, harmonising and
        promoting the struggle of the African peoples and states against mercenaries;

5.      PLEDGES OURSELVES to co-operate closely to ensure immediate implementation of
        the previous decisions and directives of the policy-making bodies of OAU before the
        proposed Convention on the subject enters into force;

6.      DRAWS the attention of world opinion to the serious threat that the subversive activities
        of mercenaries in Africa represent to OAU member states;

7.      REITERATES the appeal made by member states to apply both in spirit and letter,
        Resolution ECM/Res. 17 (VII) of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Council of
        Ministers held in Lagos in December 1970, and consequently invite them:
               to take appropriate steps to ensure that their territories are not used for the
        recruitment, drilling and training of mercenaries, or for the passage of equipment
        intended for mercenaries; and
               to hand over mercenaries present in their countries to the states against which
        they carry out their subversive activities;

8.      INVITES all states, which have pledged not to tolerate the recruitment, training and
        equipping of mercenaries on their territory and to forbid their undertakings. Also invite
        other non-African states not to allow mercenaries, be they their nationals or not, to
        pursue their activities on their territory;

9.      REQUESTS the Chairman of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government to do
        everything possible to mobilise world opinion so as to ensure the adoption of appropriate
        measures for the eradication of mercenaries from Africa, once and for all;
10.   APPEALS to all member states to increase their assistance in all fields to freedom
      fighters in order to accelerate the liberation of African territories still under foreign
      domination, as this is an essential factor in the final eradication of mercenaries from the
      African continent.

				
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